As an engineer with more than 35 years of experience with energy systems and building green, William Amann, PE, DCEP and president of Somerville-based M&E Engineers, Inc., has perhaps reached the most significant accomplishment of his career and can add another post-nominal title to his name – LEED Fellow.
Amann was named a 2015 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc., an organization that administers project certification and professional credentials as part of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The designation is perhaps the most “prestigious” achievement in the energy efficiency, green building and sustainability industries.
“I am extremely honored to be named a LEED Fellow,” Amann tells New Jersey Business. “There are many designations I can put after my name, but this is much more than that. Becoming a LEED Fellow is part of my personal mission to do everything I can to make the world a better and healthier place for my grandchildren. So, this is what I’m good at and this is what I work hard at.”
According to the USGBC, those chosen for the honor “have demonstrated exceptional achievement in key elements related to technical knowledge and skill, a history of exemplary leadership in green building, significant contributions in teaching, mentoring or research with proven outcomes and a history of highly impactful commitment, service and advocacy for green building and sustainability. In 2015, only 35 individuals worldwide were selected as LEED Fellows and Amann is only the third New Jersey resident to ever to receive the distinction.
Amann has been president of mechanical and electrical engineering consulting firm M&E Engineers for more than 30 years. The firm provides a range of engineering, design and advisory services for HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems, and has had a client base that includes Verizon, PSE&G, Wyndham and Rutgers University, among others. He is a former chairman of the New Jersey chapter of the USGBC and is the current chairman of the Somerset County Energy Council.
Additionally, Amann provides training in energy optimization in LEED for many organizations including the American Institute of Architects, the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers and is a voice for advocacy and education on the importance of “sustainability and building green.”
“More entities are recognizing the need to build sustainable and LEED certified buildings,” Amann says. “Not only can sustainable buildings help save money, but they will improve the quality of life for employees and those in our communities. It’s my hope that I continue to help build sustainable and environmentally friendly buildings and inspire others to embrace sustainability and energy efficiency in order to help make this world a better place for not only my grandchildren, but for everyone.”